NYC Dinner recommendations for an LA out of towner...
I'm a total foodie (read: I live for food, read cookbooks like fiction, and my favorite birthday gift was a Kitchen Aid mixer). Will be in NYC for business next week and looking for some dining recommendations for dinner... have a huge penchant for seafood, ethnic cuisines, and general good dining (hole in the wall to fine), and always, always, always appreciates a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day. Staying in the Times Square area, but have stomach, will travel. Currently enjoying the plethora of restaurants in LA- looking to do the same in NYC, and would really appreciate any thoughts on the matter...
You can combine your love of seafood and ethnic cuisines at Ethos, a taverna-style Greek restaurant, on 3rd Av., b/t 33rd & 34th Sts. The Greeks have a way with fish and seafood, and at Ethos, they specialize in whole fish. Make your selection from the pristine display on ice at the rear of the restaurant. Then, the kitchen will grill it perfectly, and your waiter will fillet it tableside. Accompaniments are very tasty roasted lemon potatoes and, usually, green beans. There are also other seafood dishes on the menu. Start your meal with some excellent mezzes or, perhaps, a salad, and finish up with a sweet on the house.
If you are into wine, Veritas, on 20th St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, has one of the most extraordinary wine lists in the city, and Chef Scott Bryan's New American cuisine is non-too shabby. The staff provides friendly, yet professional service, and the space has elegant contemporary decor. Dine at a table or at the bar.
Enjoy your stay in NYC and Bon Appetit!
Check out: Lure Fishbar (the atmosphere is really amazing and so is the wine list), Tamarind (22nd Street location) for fantastic Indian food in a gorgeous environment WITH a great wine list...you definately need to eat at an Italian place, but I'll let the other hounders help you with that!
Ha that is what I asked my mom to get me for my bday - KA mixer!
Mermaid Inn - seafood in E Village (casual, cute and good). Lobster roll is rich and tasty. Other fish dishes are really good too. No dessert but you get chocolate pudding after your meal and a fortune telling fish. Cute outdoor area too - or you can eat on the street side patio and people watch.
Kittichai - Thai fusion. I took my cousins here from LA (I too am an Angeleno) and they loved it. Actually they loved all the places I took them to so here's the list...
Sapa - Asian fusion, great happy hour everyday til 7:30. Space is awesome and food is fabulous, but don't let them forget to serve you their freshly baked choco chip cookies! And you must visit the john too.
Otto - Mario Batali's pizzeria. Loud, casual and fun. You will get mixed reviews here, but I think it's fun and have been there 2x and not had a bad meal. Great for groups and sharing.
Sala 19 - Spanish tapas, better than any tapas place I've been to in LA. This one is my fave b/c it serves pan con tomate - simple but such a true catalonian snack.
For what it's worth, my friend and his foodie family (the dad's 60th birthday was celebrated by a personalized tasting menu at Per Se) love Milos Estiatorio (Greek fish) best in the city. It's near Times Square. They also love Babbo (fine Italian).
For less fine seafood, I like Pearl Oyster Bar best. Top 3 lobster roll in the city. Or just great simply-cooked fish.